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Maurice Eugene Beatty was born in Cove, Ohio on November 2, 1921. His parents were Ira T. and Alice Mary Hunter Beatty. The US Census 1930 lists the family in Scioto, Ohio and the 1940 Census shows Beatty living in Portsmouth with his brother.
Beatty enlisted as a private in the Army Air Forces at Charleston, West Virginia on April 2, 1942. His enlistment record shows he had completed 4 years of high school, and was in the stenographic-typist field of work.
He was selected for flight duty, and trained as a pilot. After completing this training, and moving to multi-engine aircraft, he was commissioned, awarded wings, and given a crew for crew training. This crew arrived in England on September 6, 1943, and flew 9 completed missions.
On October 10, 1943, they were scheduled for the 10th mission - a bombing raid at Munster, Germany. Over the target area, the aircraft was hit by flak while under attack from enemy aircraft. The aircraft exploded in mid-air. Luftwaffe records credit the shoot-down to Feldwebel (Sgt) Erick Mattern, flying a BF-109 from JG 1/8. The aircraft crashed in Holland.
Six bodies were recovered from the crash scene. Sgt Young was found in the Waal River near Arnheim the next day. His remains were buried in the cemetery at Dooracberg the next day. Sgt Licato's body was recovered from Dutch coastal waters, and he was buried on October 13, 1943, along with everyone except Young in the Muenchen-Gladburg Cemetery in graves 349 to 355.
All were later recovered, and moved. Young was moved to a cemetery in France, while Loguidice was sent to Margraten, Holland. Licato is on the Walls of the Missing at Margraten. All others were returned to the U.S. for family burial. Lt Beatty today lies in the Fairmont Cemetery in Jackson, Ohio.
US Census 930
US Census 1940
NARA Enlistment Records
Headstone Application for Military Veterans
Lt Maurice E. Beatty was performing duty as First Pilot on B-17F # 42-30087, named "Shackrat," assigned to the 351st Bomb Squadron.
Missing Air Crew Report 1026 was issued for this loss. Crew rosters and memos show the crew as:
2 Lt Maurice E. Beatty p
2 Lt James B. Dabney, Jr. c-p
2 Lt Grady Mohle nav
2 Lt Reid E. Griffiths bomb
TSgt George C. Burgess eng/tt gun
TSgt Alfred Loguidice r/o
SSgt Morton Levine btg
SSgt Angelo J. Licato rwg
SSgt Edward C. Karamol lwg
Sgt Smith J. Young tail gun
Ranks and grades as of mission date.
Sgt Smith replaced the original tail gunner, SSgt John Rupnick, who was wounded in action on October 8, 1943.
Lt Dabney and SSgt Karamol were both captured.